Kathy Fire in a rare moment of happiness. One can only assume there were no men in the immediate vicinity when this picture was taken.
“The Sounds of Sappho” will be a new Street Carnage feature focusing on the unjustly ignored genre of lesbian folk music, a sonic niche that has made significant strides in aiding and abetting the ongoing social transformation of our culture, our society, and our very inner selves.
Today’s Hot Track is a moldy and fungus-laden gem by Kathy Fire called “Mother Rage” from her 1978 cassette Songs of Fire: Songs of a Lesbian Anarchist. We’d call this release “seminal,” but that would open the possibility that it had something to do with semen, which seems highly inappropriate in this case.
The album’s bitchin’ cover shows Kathy humorlessly tuning her specially designed Lesbian Folk Guitar:
In the liner notes, Kathy explains the “political and personal pain” behind the song:
And here’s the song itself. We encourage you to enjoy this but to also heed its message. Working together, we can make this the Century of Hating Men in the Name of Social Justice. Hey, guys—get your rapist hands off our shoulders, too! (By the way, who rapes people with their hands?)
Our all-seeing and beneficent historical gatekeepers at the Smithsonian Institution are graciously allowing you to listen to Kathy’s entire Songs of Fire cassette HERE.